The Neo-Futurists are a collective of wildly productive writer/director/performers who create:
Theater that is a fusion of sport, poetry, and living-newspaper.
Non-illusory, interactive performance that conveys our experiences and ideas as directly and honestly as possible.
Al Capone was a regular at this former speakeasy, and you’ll likely meet equally colorful personalities if you stick around until closing time at 4 a.m. On stage, musicians belt out roots rhythms and improvised jazz lines seven nights a week. Behind the bar, a trapdoor leads to a secret area used to hide alcohol during Prohibition.
A mystifying and playful new force in the rapidly rising dubstep scene, Skism spins London-bred beats that boast the admiration of such notable tunesmiths as Pendulum, Chase & Status, and Rusko. Bolstered by a head-nodding cadre of dub-dishers, the event promises concert-goers a foot-blurring evening of cavernous bass and thumping rhythms, sure to have them fox-trotting until 3:30 a.m. or until a napping Bruce Springsteen stumbles down the stairs in his bathrobe. Tucked in a slab-free sector of the meatpacking district, The Mid straddles the line between swanky nightclub and ear-bending beat factory, its neon bulbs and light-lobbing disco balls hanging majestically above three full-service bars, a pulsating sound system, and dual-floor bathrooms ideal for post-concert bouts of hide and go-seek.
At Agami, Executive Chef Kye is not just interested in the taste of food, but in the complete sensual experience of eating it. Those who order the garlic delight specialty sushi roll will feel the warmth of the Bacardi 151 flame it's served upon. Meanwhile, those biting into a salt sun flower roll will hear the crunch of sunflower seeds, and those admiring the wild fire roll will see a colorful combination of red snapper, guacamole, and mango pico de gallo. Sushi is certainly the restaurant's specialty, but it's not all that's served here—in addition to specialty maki, nigiri, and sashimi, there's also sushi-inspired entrees as well as a kitchen menu with dishes such as steamed dumplings and teriyaki chicken.
The attempt to create a wholly experiential dining experience doesn't stop with the food. The modern restaurant was designed with high ceilings, textured walls, and seaweed sculptures, all to create the feeling of being under the sea. Underwater scenes are projected on video screens, and a lucite bottle rack behind the bar resembles bubbling ocean waters. Concentric half-circles separate the traditional dining room, lounge area, and bar, the latter two of which are open until 1 am on Friday and Saturday nights.
At Habibi Restaurant & Cuisine, the aromas of Middle Eastern spiced meat and kebabs mingle with the fragrant smoke of more than 75 tobacco flavors drifting from the hookah bar. Flavorful veggie stews, fresh salads, and hearty couscous adorn plates with the colorful cuisine of the Levant, and free WiFi and weekend entertainment including live music and belly dancing keeps eyes occupied. Delicate chandeliers illuminate Habibi’s plush couches, soft cushion seats, and rows of tables dressed in red linens. Ancient Egyptian sentinels stand guard over half-finished dinners, peering down from artwork hanging from the dimly lit walls.
Four. That’s how many lanes co-owner Dick Drehobl removed when renovating the near century-old Lincoln Square Lanes in late 2012. But those lanes didn’t go to waste. They’re now the bar tops in the alley’s new sports bar and grill. Inside the new and improved space, patrons can marvel at made-over lanes as well as a variety of other activities, from pool tables, shuffleboard, and arcade games to live music played three nights a week from a stage framed by a 204-inch projection screen. Twenty flat screen TVs also surround patrons as they enjoy craft beers poured from 18 taps at the bar or savory fare chefs in the new kitchen cook up including a lobster roll with fries and a brunch pastry puff smothered in country gravy. Dick and his team have also gone to great lengths to jazz up the interior décor, removing paneling to expose the alley’s brick walls, removing the drop-ceilings to reveal it’s tin tiling, and installing three large windows for added natural light.
But all the new décor and amenities haven’t taken away from Lincoln Square Lanes vintage vibe. Chicago Magazine describes the remodeled alley as “…80s roller rink crossed with The Double Deuce from Road House.” And Dick was careful to keep the original “Lincoln Square Recreation” mural above the lanes, which was discovered a few years back during an experimental aboveground architectural dig.